Staff Hub

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced a new wellness and support webpage for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.


 2021 End of Year Preparation

The Medicine Finance Team has set deadlines one week earlier than the deadlines set by Finance and Business Services to ensure there is enough time to process your requests. View Medicine's deadline dates here.

    View archived Operational announcements

    People and culture 

    Help us solve the mystery of the spoon-things

    These two objects came to the Museum in a doctors bag jam packed full of instruments. They were initially intended as a donation to the medical effort during the Bosnian War. The bag never made it to Europe, but instead found its way many years later to us. In researching and registering its contents, we hit a roadblock with these two spoon-ish, tube-like objects. The Museum team relies heavily on instrument trade catalogues to identify the objects we accession, but these are nowhere to be found. Even Dr Google hasn’t been able to help. If you have any idea of what these objects were used for we’d love to hear from you!  Send you best guesses to Charla, Museum Curator.

    64th Errol Solomon (E. S.) Meyers Memorial Lecture

    The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) invites you to the 64th Errol Solomon (E. S.) Meyers Memorial Lecture. The E. S. Meyers Memorial Lecture offers a forum for a person of distinction to present a perspective of endeavour and achievement. We are delighted to announce this year’s Lecture will be delivered by Li Cunxin AO, the artistic director of The Queensland Ballet and author of ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’. The lecture begins promptly at 12:00 pm, 30 October 2021, at GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia. Please register your attendance here. For more information, please see here.

    Free Cupcakes…Because Giving is Sweet!

    Giving Day, 20 October, celebrates philanthropy. Donations of $5, $10 or any amount will be matched to our Faculty of Medicine’s Executive Dean’s Emerging Priorities Fund. Professor Geoff McColl utilizes this fund to support research, students, and teaching activities. Learn more and get your FREE cupcake on the day (while they last), Mayne Bldg Level 2 lunchroom & 11am – Noon at Herston Vibes.

    A win for UQ School of Public Health students 

    Nine UQ students participated in the online International Student Challenge, run by the Universitas 21 (U21) Health Sciences Group in September. They formed teams with fellow students from the universities of Auckland, Birmingham, Hong Kong and Melbourne to work on the timely theme: “How can we vaccinate the world?”. Each team formulated evidence-based actions to be recommended to the World Health Organization. You can view the winning presentation here, featuring our own Keiko Mishiro (Bachelor of Health Sciences) and Gabrielle Smith (Master of Public Health). 

    Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards

    Nominations are now open for the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards. Please consider nominating a colleague or colleagues who have achieved excellence within our eleven award categories, and whose hard work, initiatives and passion have helped deliver our continued success. Nominations close on Friday 5 November 2021. Further information about the awards and nomination process is available on the Excellence Awards nomination page.

    Health Matters – Surviving Cancer: Can exercise and lifestyle interventions improve survival?

    Join our UQ Health experts as they expand on research regarding the effect of nutrition, weight management, sleep and physical activity on reducing cancer progression and improving treatment outcomes for patients. Tuesday 26 October 2021, 5.30pm at Customs House. Tickets available here.  

    Get a Free T-shirt, Be an Ambassador!

    UQ Giving Day is 20 October. All donations made to our Faculty's Executive Dean of Medicine’s Emerging Priorities Fund will be matched by UQ! Will you help? Sign up as an Ambassador and help us spread the word – it’s easy, just click and share using provided templates. Sign up and receive your FREE UQ Giving Day t-shirt - while supplies last. 

    Vaccination and Immunisation compliance

    The Vaccinations and Immunisations Procedures [2.60.08] require staff to be immunised against infections and illnesses that are both:

    • reasonably foreseeable for their role
    • preventable by vaccines.

    All new and existing staff must have an immunisation record if they are required to meet specific immunisation requirements for their role. See the Vaccination and Immunisation Guidelines [2.60.08] for immunisation requirements related to particular roles or activities.

    For new staff, or existing staff who haven’t yet provided a record, your supervisor must initiate an online immunisation compliance request in my.UQ. More information, and a link to the immunisation compliance request system is available here

    UQMedicine magazine callout

    Do you or someone you know within UQ Medicine have an interesting story to share about their life and work? It might be about innovative research, a heartfelt patient story or a reflection on life as part of your journey into Medicine. Please get in touch with the Faculty’s media and communications team now to be considered in the planning for the next edition of the UQMedicine magazine, due out in December.    

    Inaugural UQ-Japan Day

    You are invited to the first UQ-Japan Day on Wednesday 10 November to learn about existing collaborations with Japanese universities, industry and government and to explore new engagement and funding opportunities. The program consists of morning virtual sessions and afternoon in-person sessions, followed by a networking event at St Lucia. Find out more and register here.

    Real Talk: How to recognise and talk about mental health 

    Headspace, in partnership with Universities Australia, is hosting a two-hour Zoom workshop on how to talk about mental health with people at work and in your personal life. You'll learn how to notice changes in a person's mood or behaviours that may indicate mental health difficulties, how to start a conversation to ask someone if they are ok, and how to provide timely and appropriate support. There are 50 workshops available across several times and days. Click here to register.

    View archived People and culture announcements

    Teaching and learning

    Teaching and Learning Week

    Registrations are now open for Teaching and Learning Week, on 1-5 November. Thsi event is an opportunity for the UQ community to learn from one another and celebrate inclusive teaching and learning practices designed to enhance student learning and facilitate a sense of belonging. This year’s workshops, seminars, roundtables and showcases will highlight our excellent teachers and tutors, initiatives and T&L leaders around the theme of Inclusion. View the program and register here. 

    Drop-in ethics training sessions

    The Research Integrity unit has released new drop-in training sessions dates for specific questions on ethics applications and informative sessions for the second semester. 

     Human Ethics: Monday 25 October 10:00am-11:00am; Thursday 18 November 14:30pm-15:30pmRegistration in this link.

    Animal Ethics: Friday 19 November 9:30am-10:30am; Thursday 9 December 14:00-15:00. Register here.

    Ethics information sessions

    Conducting Ethical Research with Humans at UQ (UQ staff): Wednesday 17 November, 14:00pm-16:00pm. More information about this session and registration in this link.

    Research Ethics: Human [webinar] (HDR students): 16 November 10:00am-12:00pm. Register in this link.

    Ethical Research and Teaching with Animals at UQ (UQ staff): Tuesday 16 November, 1:00-3:00pm. Registration in this link.

    Research Ethics: Animal [webinar] (HDR students): Friday 12 November, 9:30am-11:00am. Register here.

    Responsible Conduct of Research: Wednesday 10 November, 1:00-3:00pm. Registration in this link.

    Email here for queries. 

    Recruiting HDR Students

    Our Faculty of Medicine HDR Projects page is now live here

    You can continue to upload projects to this page via this link

    The recording as slides from last week’s panel session on ‘Fundamentals of HDR Student Recruitment and Selection’ are available on our HDR Student Support page, under the ‘For Advisors’. More information on HDR Recruitment and Scholarships is available on the Graduate School’s HDR Essentials page.

    View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

    Professional development 

    View archived Professional Development announcements


    World class research by GPs from the UQ Skin Cancer Program

    Watch here to see Professor Cliff Rosendahl present innovative research titled: Characteristics of 637 melanomas documented by 27 General Practitioners on the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database. This study is published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology. DOI:10.1111/ajd.13705

    HEAL 2021 

    A call for abstracts is now open for the Healthy Environments and Lives HEAL 2021 conference, to be held 17-18 November. Abstract submissions close 29 October. Please see here for more information and conference registration details.

    Conference Themes:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and knowledge translation for building resilience to environmental change
    • Health system resilience to environmental change and sustainability
    • Bushfires, air pollution, heatwaves, and other extreme events, and their impact on physical, mental, and community health
    • Food, soil and water safety and security in a changing environment
    • Biosecurity, COVID-19 and emerging Infections in the context of environmental change
    • Urban health, built environment and nature based solutions
    • Rural and remote health, and health inequalities
    • Clean energy solutions for healthy environments and lives
    • At-risk populations, early life effects and life-course solutions
    • Data and decision support systems for environmental health applications
    • Science communication, citizen science, and risk perception

    View archived Research announcements

    Event approvals

    Anyone planning an event should begin by visiting the UQ events information page here to ensure they get the latest information about the events approval process, and access to the current application forms. Following current procedures and using the latest forms will avoid delays in the approval process.


    Bush Foods BLOOM Lunch

    It’s back!! Celebrate BLOOM Festival with this interactive experience of Bush foods and flavours. While you relax and enjoy a 3-course packed lunch, Aunty Dale Chapman from My Dilly Bag will introduce the bush foods you are eating and drinking, while offering the chance to ask questions and learn as you go. Aunty Dale will be joined by Professor Suzanne Schmidt to share some of their research into an Indigenous-led Bush Foods industry. On Wednesday, 27 October, 11.45am-1pm, Mayne Event Space, Level 4, Mayne Medical Building, Herston. Purchase tickets here, discounts apply for students. Ticket sales end 4pm, Friday 22 October.

    Deadly Noize

    Headliners Sycco, 3 x 2021 NIMA nominee and 2020 Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year nominee, and Tia Gostelow, 2018 Queensland Music Awards Album of the Year winner, will be supported by Sachém, 2020 Brisbane City Council Best Original Song, as they rock St Lucia with their deadly sounds. Event Program also includes market stalls, cultural workshops, food & music. On Saturday 23 October, 3-10pm, Forgan Smith Lawns, University Drive, St Lucia. See here for more information. Tickets $10 for UQ students and $15 for community. Book here.   

    COVID and impacts at UQ 2021 onwards
    Dr Clare Wood will present a timeline on COVID so far, including how it has involved and affected the UQ community. She will then present on some of the potential physical, mental and public health impacts and effects that we will need to consider and address over the next few years. It will involve discussion around vaccination, testing, quarantine, lockdowns, travel and more. On 25 October, 1–2pm. Register here for this online event. For a full list of events during Safe Work month please see here.

    Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

    Eary bird registrations are open for the Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-21), held 3-5 November, 2021. Hosted by the Centre for Online Health and the Australian Telehealth Society, SFT-21 will provide an engaging forum to share both positive (successes) and challenging (failures) telehealth experiences. With increased telehealth use worldwide as a result of COVID-19, the timing is perfect to share learnings. Visit: 

    October is Safe Work Month

    Safety at work is more than just wearing the right equipment and complying with rules and regulations. Being safe at work means making sure that you and your colleagues stay healthy and get home safely. This Safe Work Month think about how you can contribute to a safe and healthy work environment for the benefit of everyone. Safe Work Month events @ UQ

    Biketober: Enjoy the Benefits of Bike Riding

    Biketober is an initiative to encourage people to 'get on their bikes' and get into riding. You don't have to be a bike commuter to take part- Biketober is open to all.More information...

    UQ-Japan Day

    Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship have just launched promotions for the inaugural UQ-Japan Day, happening on Wednesday 10 November. This all day event will offer UQ students, staff and Japanese university partners the opportunity to explore existing collaborations and build new relationships both in-person and online. There are multiple sessions throughout the day, including an afternoon industry engagement session which might be of interest to Faculty of Medicine students and staff. You can find the full schedule here.

    Personal Walking Plan: Heart Foundation

    If you are wanting to feel happier and healthier but not sure where to start, The Heart Foundation are providing six-week personalised walking plans to help you. Support, advice and easy-to follow videos will be sent right to your inbox. Get your plan.....

    View archived Events announcements

    Research Support Team updates

    Have you been wondering, who are the R Team?

    Pre-award support is provided by the Research Development Manager (RDM) Dr Casey Dodds. Casey will help build capacity, develop those ideas and offer incredible grant preparation support. Contact Casey at

    Pre- and post-award support comes from the Research Development Officer (RDO) Dr Lauren Angel. Lauren is a whiz at supporting with the administration of applying and being awarded funding. She’s your in-house contact for Finance, HR and the Research Office. She can also get those UQ FACs and Letters of Support okay’d by our Director. Contact Lauren at

    Post-award support for those successful grants comes in the form of Research Partnerships Manager (RPM) Dr Trish Murray and Research Contracts Officer (RCO) Dr Lauren Angel. If your research requires an agreement, we are the people who can help. Contact Lauren in the first instance to establish is it research? what contract do you need? and what is required from the partners!

    Casey and Lauren are on Level 2 Building 33 on Tuesday and room 530 HSB on Wednesday/Thursday. Drop in and say hello!

    Please notify the CHSR Research Support Team via the online survey if you are applying for any grants (either as lead CI or collaborator).

     Funding opportunities

    • NHMRC CRE for funding 2023 – Applications close 01 December 2021
    • NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Partnership Projects – Applications close 01 December 2021
    • MRFF Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity – Applications close 16 February 2022
    • MRFF Primary Health Care Research Initiative PHCR Grant Opportunity – Applications close 23 February 2022

    More funding opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

     Training opportunities

    Keep an eye out for an upcoming NHMRC Investigator grant workshop series being organised by the Faculty RDMs (late November). More training opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

     Award opportunities

    Nominations are now open for the 2021 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards. Nominate your colleagues to recognise and celebrate their efforts. More award opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

    CHSR recent publications:

    Mann, K. D., [Fatehi, F.* & Sullivan, C.*] et al. (2021). Predicting Patient Deterioration: A Review of Tools in the Digital Hospital Setting. Journal of medical Internet research23(9), e28209.

    De Guzman, K. R.*, Snoswell, C. L.*, Caffery, L. J.*, & Smith, A. C.* (2021). Economic evaluations of videoconference and telephone consultations in primary care: A systematic review. Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 1357633X211043380.


    A big welcome to Mr Jonaa Eva, Project Officer, who joins the Digital Health Research Network with A/Prof Clair Sullivan, and will be based at Health Science Building.

    CHSR team wins Nudgeathon 2021 

    CHSR’s Dr Kim-Huong Nguyen, Chad Wright, Tom Bizzell and Danelle Kenny have beaten 11 other teams from universities and industries across Australia to win Nudgeathon 2021, an annual competition hosted by QUT’s BEST centre to develop solutions to real-life social issues. This year’s theme - Health data and analytics have the power to transform healthcare solutions. Watch this winning team present their idea at the CHSR monthly seminar series when they explain how dynamic consent enables ongoing engagement and communication between patients and the users and custodians of their health data. On 19 October, 12-1pm. Email here to register for this Zoom event.   

    Research Support Team updates

    Please notify the CHSR Research Support Team via the online survey if you are applying for any grants (either as lead CI or collaborator).

     Funding opportunities

    The third round for UQ Cyber Security Seed Funding scheme has just opened, for collaborative, cross-disciplinary research projects in cyber security. For information about the scheme, please contact the CHSR Research Support team at The applications are due by 28 October and are to be submitted to funding opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

     Training opportunities

    The Faculty of Medicine's 2021 Grant Writing Workshop aims to provide guidance in grant/fellowship writing, grantsmanship, clinical trial design, biostatistics, budgeting, bibliometrics and career development through mentorship, lectures and group discussions.

    This intensive 3-day interactive eventworkshop will involve lectures from topic experts and panel discussions, and attendees will be assigned with an experienced primary and secondary mentor and will receive individual feedback on their application. The goal of the course is to produce a highly competitive funding submission in clinical or pre-clinical research, primarily to NHMRC or MRFF schemes.  Participants are expected to bring a copy of their draft submission to the workshop.

    There are limited places available in the workshop, so attendance is via an expression of interest and competitive selection process. The course is a three-day intensive workshop and attendees are expected to commit to the entire workshop, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October.

    If any questions, please contact Faculty of Medicine at More training opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

    Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

    Eary bird registrations are open for the Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-21), held 3-5 November, 2021. Hosted by the Centre for Online Health and the Australian Telehealth Society, SFT-21 will provide an engaging forum to share both positive (successes) and challenging (failures) telehealth experiences. With increased telehealth use worldwide as a result of COVID-19, the timing is perfect to share learnings. Visit: 

    View archived announcements from CHSR

    MD Design – Curriculum Development – UPDATE

    We are excited to announce that the program structure for the new UQMD has been endorsed by the UQ Academic Board and approved by our Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Deborah Terry.  This is a significant milestone for the MD Design effort and marks the end of the current stage of the project.

    We are now gearing up for Stage 3: Pre-Implementation and AMC Submission. This stage will see us progress with detailed course design and planning for implementation from early 2023.  A key focus in this stage will also be to engage with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to seek accreditation for the new UQMD.

    Click here to go to the project website and read more about the design of the new MD and the next steps.

    Researcher of the Year

    Professor Ian Yang has been named the 2021 Research of the Year at the recent Metro North Rewards night for his dedication to respiratory research. He has been instrumental in developing the Airways Disease research program of the UQ Thoracic Research Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital, leading to key discoveries in lung genomics, clinical studies and Cochrane systematic reviews which are cited in international respiratory clinical guidelines.

    Associate Professor Henry Marshall was named the 2021 Rising Star for his research in lung cancer screening.

    Photo (left to right): Ms Barbara Page - PhD submitted, Associate Professor Henry Marshall – Rising Star award, Professor Ian Yang – Researcher of the year, Ms Janet Shaw – PhD student, Ms Hannah O’Farrell - PhD submitted

    2020 MD Program Annual Report

    The 2020 MD Program Annual Report is now available for UQ staff and clinical partners involved in the UQ MD Program. This report outlines our educational activity across the year, acknowledges successes, documents new initiatives implemented to enhance our program and identifies priorities and plans for future development and evaluation during the coming year. The report also presents data providing a wealth of information about our student cohort, the quality of our teaching and the outcomes of the program.

    View archived announcements from the Medical Dean Portfolio

    Important Information for researchers

    Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

    Support services for researchers

    Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.


    Indigenous suicide intervention program wins national award

    A University of Queensland researcher behind the world's first suicide intervention training program for Indigenous Australians, Associate Professor Maree Toombs, has been recognised with a LiFE Impact Award. Read full story here. 

    Staff Recognition

    Jane Baker, Support Officer, Rural Clinical School, has been nominated for service excellence in the 2021 UQ Awards for Excellence. Jane coordinates clinical skill sessions for medical students at the Rockhampton Rural Clinical School (RCS) and supports a broad range of community engagement and high school outreach programs. She provides exceptional service demonstrating the UQ values of honesty and accountability. Jane is generous with her time, energy and expertise, and through her strong connections with the medical community she has developed a program to source and reuse expired consumables for teaching. Jane's resourcefulness and approach to sustainability is of significant benefit to the RCS and is invaluable in building the professional standing of UQ in Central Queensland.  

    Bundaberg Update

    • Busy preparing to run the OSCE and MMi for the first time, both in November.  We have had a great response to date from potential examiners and interviewers for these activities.
    • RMP local graduate information sessions to be run in October at CQU and RCS.
    • Visit by the RCS Marketing and Comms Team on 5 and 6 September to our site to conduct a 2022 planning workshop with Bundaberg Team. It was the first visit to our site by Jess and Codie, so it was lovely to have them learn about our site and community.
    • Our first Silver Q sessions for the year were held on 23 and 24 August at CQU Bundaberg Campus for 4th year medical students and CQU nursing students. The sessions were a great success with excellent feedback from all students, supervisors and simulation participants. 
    • Our 3rd year students have been concentrating on OSCE with the second practice session on 9 September and final session on 14 October.  These sessions have been organised by the Junior Medical Association Bundaberg, ably supported by 4th year students. They have also formed their own weekly study group to conduct practice sessions.
    • TROHPIQ High School Convenors visited Bundaberg on 31 August and 1 September and conducted visits to three local high schools targeting a wide section of students. 
    • Our students have been keeping fit and active in the community with many involved in team sports – netball, touch, hockey.  They took over the volunteer roles for the Bargara Park Run on 11 September. 
    • Vampire Cup – Bundaberg RCS students were the 2021 winners. Prizes of $110 pizza vouchers will be used to provide pizzas to practice OSCE examiners and end of year event.
    • RU OK? Day – light refreshments were supplied by RCS to students and staff to encourage conversations and support for this important initiative

    Bundaberg Staff Update

    • Resignation of Dr Jash Kumar, Director.  Dr Therese Ryan, Acting Director from 13 September - 31 December 2021. 
    • Dr David Mildenhall, Acting General Practice Academic Lead from 13 September - 31 December 2021
    • Resignation of Mrs Sue Hansen, Administration Assistant, effective 15 September.

    Rockhampton Update

    • Angela Cameron-Tomkinson, Ruth Thompson, Janelle McGrail and Jordan Fox participated in the Yeppoon Running Festival…walking 5km!  Matthew McGrail ran in the 10km run. Congratulations to the team.  

    Rural and Remote Medicine Update

    • Preferencing for 2022 Semester 1 RRM placements opens on Monday 27 September and closes 5 October
    • Special Considerations for 2022 RRM placements close on Monday 27 September
    • 2022 EPP placements for Semester 1 are being loaded into Inplace
    • TREES Year 1 Observerships – contacting preceptors / accommodation / students

    RTH CQ Update

    • A Taste of Medicine - High school students in Central Queensland were invited to participate in clinical skills and scenarios with the support of current UQ medical students. Around 88 students were engaged across the footprint with events run in Yeppoon, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Theodore and Emerald. This also allowed the team to promote the Regional Medical Pathway in Central Queensland.

    Marketing and Communications Update

    Events for 2021 and 2022

    Please email through any upcoming events for 2021. If you have any confirmed dates for 2022 events, please email these through too as we are working towards developing the Marketing & Events Calendar for 2022.


    The RCS Marketing and Communications Team now has a generic email account. Email us here. This link is to be used when requesting assistance from the marketing team, to share good news stories, Facebook content, “FYI” messages and day-to-day enqueries.

    Social media

    Click here to see our August social media post with the most reach: Intensive Care Medicine.  

    Media distribution

    Six media stories and opportunities were distributed in August.

    Media coverage

    Click here to see media coverage generated in August.

    Events calendar

    Click here to see events and activities scheduled for September, October and November.

    Local information sessions - Study Medicine in Central Queensland and Wide Bay

    In 2023 The University of Queensland (UQ) will welcome the first Central Queensland and Wide Bay cohorts into our Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The UQ MD is a postgraduate-entry program that is internationally renowned for our outstanding people, the diversity of our student intake, and the excellence of our education. 

    We invite you to learn about this regional opportunity and find out how you can apply.







    UQ Rural Clinical School

    Hervey Bay

    UQ Rural Clinical School Bundaberg

    UQ Rural Clinical School


    Invited guests

    Current CQUniversity students

    Current CQUniversity students

    Professionals with an undergraduate degree and an interest in medicine.

    Professionals with an undergraduate degree and an interest in medicine.

    Professionals with an undergraduate degree and an interest in medicine.

    Time and date

    Friday 1 October


    Thursday 7 October


    Wednesday 13 October


    Thursday 21 October


    Monday 25 October




    554-700 Yaamba Road, Norman Gardens

    Building: Library, Level 2


    6 University Drive, Branyan

    Building: Building 5, Lecture Theatre Room G.22

    UQ Rural Clinical School

    2-4 Medical Place, Urraween

    UQ Rural Clinical School

    Bundaberg Hospital, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg

    UQ Rural Clinical School

    Corner Cambridge and Canning Street, Rockhampton

    RSVP date

    Wednesday  29 September

    Tuesday 5 October

    Monday 11 October

    Tuesday 19 October

    Thursday 21 October

    RSVP link







      View archived announcements from RCS

      From the Head of School

      The 2022 Academic Goal Setting process launches in Workday today with new goal setting templates for all academic staff (irrespective of level or contract status), including post-doctoral research staff. A refreshed Academic APD website provides support for the goal setting process. This will be discussed further at the Academic Staff meeting this Thursday. Contact Ask HR (3365 2623) for further support.

      Please join me in congratulating Taylor Dick, Julia Pagan, Melissa Reichelt, Derik Steyn and Rodrigo Suarez on their promotion to Senior Lecturer, and to Lachlan Rash and Jana Vukovic on their promotion to Associate Professor, all from 2022. Well done one and all! And a big ‘thanks’ to REMEDE and all involved in the mock interviews and reading of their applications.

      Congratulations also to Shyuan and Derik Steyn on the exciting news of the arrival of their baby girl, Annalie Hunter. Hunter (as she will be known) was born on 1 October, weighing 2.5kg and although small, I have it on good authority that she is very active and keeping both Shu and Derik busy.

      Thank you also to Tania and Robyn for organising the Safety Sausage Sizzle last Wednesdays as part of Mental Health Week at UQ.    

      Finally, Academics, I will be looking in the ACA accounts very soon, to see how much spare $ we have in total that could be repurposed. So please email Finance and Tim Forrest if you have planned commitments, including if you might be waiting on facility and agistment changes, but especially if you know you cannot spend a portion of it.

      Lizzie Coulson

      Date Savers

      21 October

      Academic Staff meeting, 10am, 81-313

      21 October

      Thanksgiving Ceremony, Customs House

      27 October

      SBMS Teaching & Learning Retreat, Hillstone St Lucia

      4-5 November

      SBMS Academic Research Retreat, Clear Mountain Lodge, Clear Mountain

      7-9 November

      HDR Student Writing Retreat, MBRS, North Stradbroke Island

      10-11 November

      Honours Research Seminars, venues TBA

      25 November

      SBMS Grant Pitching, venue TBA

      3 December

      SBMS End of Year Party, St Lucia Bowls Club

      9 December

      All Staff meeting, 11am, 63-348 or Zoom

      New SBMS Publications

      Donor bone marrow-derived macrophage MHC II drives neuroinflammation and altered behaviour during chronic GVHD in mice: Running Title: Donor macrophage MHC II drives CNS cGVHD

      Rachael C Adams, Dylan Carter-Cusack, Samreen N Shaik, Genesis T Llanes, Rebecca L Johnston, Gregory Quaife-Ryan, Glen Boyle, Lambros T Koufariotis, Andreas Möller, Bruce R Blazar, Jana Vukovic, Kelli PA MacDonald


      Chronic graft-vs-host disease (cGVHD) is a condition that can develop following bone marrow transplantation (which is important curative therapy in the treatment of blood cancers). We demonstrate that cGVHD also affects the brain and can lead to cognitive deficits. Furthermore, we describe microglial contribution in mediating neuropathology and learning and memory deficits associated with cGVHD.

      Ryanodine receptor leak triggers fiber Ca2+ redistribution to preserve force and elevate basal metabolism in skeletal muscle

      Lamboley CR*, Pearce L*, Seng C, Meizoso-Huesca A, Singh DP, Frankish BP, Kaura V, Lo HP, Ferguson C, Allen PD, Hopkins PM, Parton RG, Murphy RM, van der Poel C, Barclay CJ, Launikonis BS

      *co-first author

      Science Advances 7, eabi7166. 2021 (scheduled for October 27 Issue)

      We showed that the intracellular Ca2+ channel, ryanodine receptor 1 (RyR1), Ca2+ leak initiates a cascade of events that cause precise redistribution of Ca2+ among the sarcoplasmic reticulum, cytoplasm, and mitochondria through altering the Ca2+ permeability of the transverse tubular system membrane. This redistribution of Ca2+ allows mice with moderate RyR1 Ca2+ leak to maintain normal contractile function; however, severe RyR1 Ca2+ leak with RYR1 mutations reduces the capacity to generate force. Our results reveal the mechanism underlying force preservation, increased ATP metabolism, and susceptibility to Malignant Hyperthermia & Environmental Heat Stroke in individuals with gain-of-function RYR1 mutations.

      If you have recently had a new publication accepted or published, please let us know. 

      Mental Health and Wellbeing Assistance


      UQ offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Benestar – a free and confidential wellbeing, coaching and counselling service available to staff and their immediate family members.

      You can use it for:

      • personal wellbeing coaching, and individual counselling and support
      • coaching for managers around supporting team members, or their own wellbeing at work
      • nutrition and diet advice
      • personal financial wellbeing
      • domestic violence referral service
      • tips, tools, and resources for your own overall wellbeing.

      All services are provided by qualified practitioners.

      To access the services and resources:

      • Call 1300 360 364
      • Access online chat, tools and resources through BeneHub or the Benestar app (available from the App store or Google Play).

      If you're calling due to an urgent crisis and you have concerns for the welfare of yourself or a family member, tell the booking service and they can connect you with a crisis professional.


      Our students have access to similar services through Student Services.

      Discover health information

      UQ Library is launching a new online resource on Wednesday 6th October to help you Discover health information.

      These online digital modules provide an overview of essential health information, including an introduction to health, evidence-based practice, reliable health information, and health research. They are suited to a diverse audience, including students, researchers, clinicians, as well as patients and consumers.

      Providing a useful introductory resource for health and medicine subject areas, the modules link through to our Library guides and highlight key sources of reliable health information. Discover health information complements our Digital Essentials - a series of online modules for you to quickly build your digital skills so you can succeed in study and work.

      Student and ECR Seminar

      Come along to the next student and ECR seminar in Room 305 Skerman building on Friday 22 October. Details to be announced.

      Friday Drinks 

      Friday 22 October, Macgregor Level 1 deck, 5pm. Be there or be… elsewhere? Come enjoy this lovely spring weather and start your weekend off right with tasty beverages and great company (that’s YOU, SBMSers!). 

      Movie Night 

      Calling all HDRs, honours students and fun-loving staff! SaSN will be hosting a MOVIE NIGHT on Thursday 28 October from 6pm. Save the date! We will be following up with more details about free food, movie choices and location shortly. 

       Social Soccer
      Dreamt of leaving academia and being the next David Beckham? Pull up your socks and join us for Social Soccer (or 'football', if you must) every Wednesday at 4:30pm at the UQ Playing Field 9 (near Walcott Street, a 5-minute walk from SBMS). For any queries please contact Sai or Guillaume.



      View archived announcements from SBMS

      Staff Updates

      Welcome to SPH Saige Masson! Saige has joined our team until the end of the year, working on Reception. Saige has worked in several reception roles with the Faculty so will be able to hit the ground running. Adele Rankin will be working with Gail Garvey’s team during this time. Please introduce yourself to Saige when popping into level 2.

      SPH in the Media Dr Katrina Moss was featured on ABC discussing how Endometriosis can derail fertility treatment if left undiagnosed. One in three women using fertility treatment to get pregnant are being held back by undiagnosed endometriosis that reduces the chances of having a baby, according to a new study in the journal Human Reproduction. To view the full story click here.

      QCMHR Lancet paper on the global impact of COVID-19 on prevalence and burden depressive and anxiety disorders released recently has been attracting interest from around the world. For more information on this and to find a link to the paper please click here.

      UQ-CUHK webinar: A tale of two populations: ageing with HIV in Hong Kong and Australia

      As part of the UQ-CUHK Health Equity webinar series, Associate Professor Lisa Fitzgerald, Associate Professor Allyson Mutch and Dr Judith Dean from the School of Public Health, together with CUHK academics, will share their understandings of people living and ageing with HIV, using both clinical and social science lenses. This webinar presentation is on Monday 25 October, 6-7pm (AEST). Find out more and register here.

      5 Minutes with Leonie Gemmell

      Position: Data Access and Liaison Officer for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

      How long have you been with working with SPH?: 15 years, since 2006

      What energizes you at work? Working with and supporting a great team of people and enjoying the results of successful team projects

      What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from? “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become” (Steve Jobs)

      On the weekend you will find me: Gardening, eating out, weekend getaways and catching up with family and friends

      If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? That’s a tough one but I’d have to say stone fruit

      Upcoming Events

      The inaugural SPH HDR Conference will be held at Victoria Park on Monday the 29th of November. This will be an exciting opportunity to showcase your research and to engage with fellow researchers within the School of Public Health! To register for the HDR Conference please click here.

      The SPH End of Year Celebration will be held at The Boo in Newstead on Thursday 2nd of December. Please be sure to email Libby Kelly to confirm your attendance.

      SPH Teaching and Learning Update

      New Turnitin analytics: Turnitin has introduced additional analytics to provide statistics on cohort submission behaviours, similarity report scores and access to feedback. To view the guide please click here.

      Research Participants Required

      The ALSWH Team are seeking women born between 1973-78 to take part in pilot testing for a new project – the Genetic variants, Early Life exposures, and Longitudinal Endometriosis symptoms Study (GELLES). Participants do not need to have endometriosis to take part in the study. In fact, we need women both with and without endometriosis to help us develop the survey. If you’re interested in taking part, please visit here and register your interest. For more information contact Dr Ellen Wessel.

        View archived announcements from SPH

        From the Director’s Desk

        As I write this, Queensland is doing exceptionally well in the fight against COVID19. Our restrictions have been eased slightly and we are privileged to experience more freedoms than our colleagues in Victoria. However, as we have experienced often in the past 18 months, the situation can change rapidly, and we can’t predict the effects of COVID in the coming months. I urge you all to keep an eye on the Queensland Health COVID website and the UQ COVID website for updates and guidelines on possible restrictions in our communities and workplaces, including UQ’s restrictions on events.

        The new situation in New South Wales poses an interesting scenario, whereby fully vaccinated residents are afforded extra freedoms compared to the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. We can’t assume that this situation won’t be played out here in Queensland too, so I strongly advise for anyone over the age of 12 years to get their vaccinations, if they are medically able to, as soon as possible. We have already seen the situation where the Mater Hospital is mandating vaccinations for all staff, students and contractors and it is not inconceivable that this will happen across Queensland Health sites in the near future. Please be prepared.

        Finally, thank you to everyone who completed the recent Pulse survey. Sarah and I have received the results and were very pleased to have Faculty acknowledge UQCCR as an excellent example of good workplace culture. Each person at UQCCR must be thanked for making this a great place to work. We have also formulated an action plan to address the small number of the issues identified in the this space for actions.

        Dates for Diaries

        21 October  Exec meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

        21 October  Research engagement and impact evidence,1-2pm

        25 October  Research committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

        5 November  UQ Celebration of Staff – Herston. More details to come

        10 November Research Impact: pathways, planning and proof, 1-2pm

        16 November  Metrics for grant writing and promotion,1-2pm

        24 November  Research engagement and impact evidence

        16 December Metrics for grant writing and promotion,1-2pm

        UQCCR Social group

        The UQCCR Social Committee is starting again after a brief hiatus, and is looking for members and event ideas. Please contact Jake if you are interested in participating. All staff and students welcome!

        Face Masks in Labs

        A reminder that when facemasks are worn in laboratories, they must be the disposable variety. Cloth or reusable masks are not suitable for lab use. Thanks for your understanding.

        Publication of the Month Award – September

        Congratulations to the winners of the September Paper of the Month awards!

        General category: Carlos Salomon, Cancers Extracellular Vesicle-Associated miRNAs and Chemoresistance: A Systematic Review

        ECR category: Sophie Wen, PLoS Medicine Gram-negative neonatal sepsis in low- and lower-middle income countries and WHO empirical antibiotic recommendations: A systematic review and meta-analysis

        And a quick reminder to submit your applications by November 7 for the October awards.

        WorkDay changes to Training

        Since WorkDay launched on 4 October, the way safety training is done now differs for “staff and HDRs” vs “the others”. Staff and HDR students must complete their training through WorkDay, all other students, affiliates and contractors should work through Blackboard.

        Dementia Webinar

        Nadeeka’s research group has organised a webinar titled “Influencing policy through dementia research” on 20 October. All are welcome. Please see further details and links under “upcoming webinars” following this link.

        Industry Connect - How to Turn Great Research into Impactful Companies

        UQ researchers are invited to an interactive workshop where venture capital investor, IP Group, will discuss how they work with UniQuest and researchers to evaluate technologies for investments, and shed light on how the start-up journey might look like. 

        IP Group is interested in technologies from Agriculture, Therapeutics and medical devices, Digital, and Engineering breakthroughs.

        Join us 13 October, 12-1pm, to understand how your research could attract venture capital into an exciting new start-up company! Venue: Seminar room 275, level 2, GCI Building (#20) RSVP here for Zoom details or to register for in-person attendance

        BDHP Consumer Engagement Training for Researchers

        Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (BDHP) and Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) invite you to Session 2 of Consumer Engagement Training for Researchers: Involving Consumers in your Research,  titled "Hands on Workshop - Involving Consumers in your Research: Master Class, on 18 October, 10am-12pm at the Translational Research Institute, OR , Monday 18 October,  2pm-4pm, UQCCR, Herston.

        You must complete Session 1: Foundation Webinar to be able to participate in Session 2: Hands on Workshop.Email here for registrations and further information.

        Faculty of Medicine Consumer Engagement training

        We understand there will be Faculty-run consumer training sessions in November – it will be advertised shortly. Please keep your eyes out for an invitation to participate.

        • Lesson 1 – online and made available for attendees, week commencing 1 November.

        • Lesson 2 - delivered virtually on 8 November

        • Lesson 3 - delivered virtually on 15 November

        Preparation materials take 2 hours and each of the virtual sessions will be 2 hours long.

        Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium

        The Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium (QMSS) serves to connect the Queensland MS user base, and those interested in this technology, across a diverse range of disciplines. The main event is an annual symposium for interdisciplinary scientific exchange and networking, hosted by one of the partners.

        QMSS 2021 is planned for 4-5 November and will be hosted by the Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University. Join us on the Gold Coast for two days of science, latest updates and developments in Mass Spectrometry from our exhibitors and sponsors. Use this opportunity to meet in person, network and enjoy an in-person conference, rather than sitting in front of another online meeting.

        All Queensland researchers and users of mass spectrometry technology are invited to participate at the symposium, which will showcase a diverse range of mass spectrometry research and applications. More details can be found here.

        Australasian Cytometry Society conference

        The Australasian Cytometry Society’s annual conference is on Monday-Wednesday, 8-10 November. The conference costs $70, which includes society membership until June 2022 and access to conference content online for at least 1 month post event. Additionally, society membership also includes access to online ACS resources such as previously recorded Roadshows/Home-shows/Education events.

        Intertwined within the conference, and also running on Sunday 7 November, are workshops that can be opted into at a cost of $15. These workshops cover topics that may be of interest to many including high dimensional panel design, HD data analysis etc. Details of both the conference and workshops can be found here.

        The 2nd National Human Research Ethics Conference

        Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members across Australia are invited to attend the conference from 1–3 December. This year will ‘tackle topics relevant to your HREC’.

        The program will include an excellent line up of speakers with valuable theme discussion on the following proposed topics of interest: consent, privacy, emergency care, horizon scanning, ethics and law, processes and best practice, use of data, vulnerable groups in research, non-medical research involving humans, the future of ethics in Australia, and general ethical issues

        The conference will be spaced out over the 3 days giving you time to attend to other things! Register here by 30 November. For further information email here.

        Toolbox Talks 2021

        Please send through any requests for Toolbox talk topics for 2021 to Sarah Piper.

        Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’.

        Research Funding alerts

        Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for all current research funding opportunities. Please contact Roheen Gill if you are planning to apply for any grants.

        Seminar Series Recordings available here.


        View archived announcements from UQCCR

        Meet Dr Arutha Kulasinghe

        Dr Arutha Kulasinghe is a NHMRC Research Fellow, and leads the ‘Spatial biology group’ at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI). Dr Kulasinghe has pioneered spatial transcriptomics using digital spatial profiling approaches in the Asia-Pacific region, contributing to world-first studies in lung cancer and COVID-19. His research aims to understand the underlying pathobiology by using an integrative multi-omics approach. He has published his research in over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts and is supported by the NHMRC, Australian Academy of Sciences, Cure Cancer, MRFF and numerous philanthropic and hospital foundations.  Look out for Arutha on Level 5 East Wing!

        HEAL 2021 

        A call for abstracts is now open for the Healthy Environments and Lives HEAL 2021 conference, to be held 17-18 November. Abstract submissions close 29 October. Please see here for more information and conference registration details.

        Conference Themes:

        • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and knowledge translation for building resilience to environmental change
        • Health system resilience to environmental change and sustainability
        • Bushfires, air pollution, heatwaves, and other extreme events, and their impact on physical, mental, and community health
        • Food, soil and water safety and security in a changing environment
        • Biosecurity, COVID-19 and emerging Infections in the context of environmental change
        • Urban health, built environment and nature based solutions
        • Rural and remote health, and health inequalities
        • Clean energy solutions for healthy environments and lives
        • At-risk populations, early life effects and life-course solutions
        • Data and decision support systems for environmental health applications
        • Science communication, citizen science, and risk perception

        Finance end of year preparation 2021

        Please note the following important dates for financial transactions in 2021:

        End of Year Item

        Due Date

        Payables will guarantee to process any invoice or student and non-staff expense reimbursement received by 4pm. This does not mean that the invoice will be paid in 2021. Invoices will only be paid when they are fully matched and due for payment according to the terms as set in the University's Supplier Master File.


        The EMS team will guarantee that all staff Expense Claims which are fully approved in EMS ProMaster by 10/12/2021 will be paid in 2021. This excludes travel allowances for approved travel in 2022.


        Enterprise Procurement will guarantee to process any requests for supplier creation, re-activation or amendment, in 2021, subject to satisfactory completion of independent verification checks.


        Final day for transactions in EMS ProMaster to be reconciled and/or approved for 2021. Any transactions processed after this date will post in 2022.


        Final Invoice Dispatch for 2021 – 6pm. Invoices raised after this time will be dated 04/01/2022


        Purchase Orders approved and dispatched by 31/12/2021 will have a 2021 commitment date, Purchase Orders approved and dispatched in 2022 will have a 2022 commitment date.


        Purchase Orders that have been receipted but not matched to a Supplier Invoice by 31/12/2021 will be accrued in 2021. 
        New receipts entered in 2022 will either result in an accrual or actual expense with a 2022 accounting date. 


        ISCs that have been approved by 31/12/2021 will be dated period 12, 2021


        Journals that have been approved by 31/12/2021 will be dated period 12, 2021 (provided there are no errors and the Journal is not set to Incomplete)


        Final 2021 figures (subject to any audit adjustments) available in the Reportal


        Expressions of Interest (EoI) open: UQ-IITD Academy of Research PhD program

        Would you like to join a world-leading, transnational research team with a generous scholarship? UQ and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi are accepting Expressions of Interest (EoI) for our joint PhD program until 17 October. More information here.

        Complete the National Student Safety Survey and help us promote a safer UQ Community

        The National Student Survey invites 10,000 UQ students to share students’ views on safety and wellbeing at the university and experiences related to sexual assault or harassment. Your response will help shape future safety and wellbeing supports and policies at UQ! If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email invitation to the survey. If you are not selected, you can still have a say by visiting UQ Respect National Student Safety Survey website. Learn more at:

        Your Data, Your Call: Attend our Student Focus Group

        What are your expectations about how UQ uses your data?  Participate in a student focus group to provide input and feedback on how UQ communicates with you and uses your personal information. All participants will receive a $10 gift voucher. More information and registrations here.

        Preprints: a new category of publications- NHMRC

        NHMRC will accept preprints as publications for track record assessment purposes for schemes opening from October 2021. How to include them will be in scheme documentation. NHMRC defines a preprint as a complete and public draft of a scientific document, yet to be certified by peer review. More details here.


        Log in to UQRDM now to create your account.

        As you would have heard in previous meetings and newsletters, UQRDM will soon be the primary data storage location for UQDI data. To make the transition as smooth as possible we need all staff and students to log in to the UQRDM system as soon as possible to help automatically create new storage records. Log in today with your UQ credentials.

        UQ Research Ethics and  Integrity unit

        Animal Ethics Drop-in zoom sessions: for specific questions on ethics applications. Register here.

        Friday 19 November, 9:30-10:30am
        Thursday 9 December, 2-3:00pm

        Information sessions

        Ethical Research and Teaching with Animals at UQ (UQ staff): Tuesday 16 November, 1-3:00pm. Registration here.

        Research Ethics: Animal [webinar] (HDR students): Friday 12 November, 9:30-11:00am. Register here.

        Research Integrity (Human and Animal Ethics)

        Responsible Conduct of Research: Wednesday 10 November, 1-3:00pm. Registration in this link.

        Ventures ilab Accelerator 2022 - applications open to students and staff

        During the three-month program, December - March, each selected startup team receives $10,000 equity-free funding to help get them to market and investment-ready. Work closely with our Entrepreneur in Residence and access Ventures’ mentor and investor networks, workshops and co-working spaces. Join the information sessions throughout September and October and get your application in by 19 October.

        Talk health with Dr Rosy from UQ Health Centre (free student appointments)

        Book now for your free private, confidential health conversation with Dr Rosy at the UQ Health Centre. Ask as many questions as you like about all things health - no Medicare card, student ID or private health required. Appointments are FREE and open to all UQ students to access. Book an appointment.

        Indigenous Summer Research program

        Current UQDI undergrad research scholars and Honours students are encouraged to consider participating in the 2021/22 Indigenous Summer Research program. Of particular relevance to UQDI, the guest speaker at a recent UQDI Seminar Professor James Ward is leading a project titled 'First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Harnessing the evidence from an urban First Nations health ecosystem to inform ongoing response, recovery and health system adaptation'. Go to the ATSIS Unit website for more information and other projects.

        TRI's Asset and Issue Logging System

        TRI's Asset and Issue Logging System (TAILS) will allow internal occupants to contact specific teams within TRI with requests for advice, notification of problems, WHS reporting or general assistance. The system will also update you with the progress of your requests, provide information and feedback. Either log in to the system directly or send an email with a detailed description of your enquiry to the appropriate address: TRI Scientific ServicesTRI Building Services or TRI ICT.

        Women in Technology finalist from UQDI

        Priscila Oliveira de Lima from the Simpson Group has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Women in Technology Awards. Priscila has been recognised for her work repurposing a drug called Stemetil to improve responses to many antibodies in different cancers. Let’s cheer Priscila on at the Awards Gala on 21 October.

        Faculty of Medicine- 2021 Grant Writing Workshop

        This three day interactive intensive workshop (must commit to all three days; Tuesday 26-Thursday 28 October) aims to provide guidance in grant/fellowship writing, grantsmanship, clinical trial design, biostatistics, budgeting, bibliometrics and career development through mentorship, lectures and group discussions. It includes lectures from topic experts and panel discussions. Attendees will be assigned with an experienced primary and secondary mentor and will receive individual feedback on their application. The goal of the course is to produce a highly competitive funding submission in clinical or pre-clinical research, primarily to NHMRC or MRFF schemes.  Participants are expected to bring a copy of their draft submission to the workshop.

        Deadly Noize is coming!

        On 23 October, UQ will be rocking our inaugural Deadly Noize concert at St Lucia with some of the hottest First Nations musical acts joining this outdoor event to celebrate culture and the diverse music genres of Indigenous artists. Headline acts include Sycco, who was nominated for Triple J’s Artist of the Year in 2020 and has received several nomintions at the National Indigenous Music Awards this year, and Tia Gostelow, who has reached national acclaim with her recent EP Chrysalis. Joining them on the bill is local rapper, singer and spoken word poet Sachém. Tickets are just $10 for UQ Students and $15 for UQ Staff, alumni and the wider community.

        Research Impact: Pathways, Planning and Proof

        This UQ Staff Development course on 10 November 2021 is primarily for researchers and professional staff who would like a better understanding of research impact. It also covers linking research activities with intended impacts, designing research projects for greater impact and examples of impact and collection of evidence types using current systems available to UQ staff. Register here.

        Publication affiliation at UQDI

        UQDI authors are required to cite their affiliation as: The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, The University of Queensland, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia

        TRI must not be included in the affiliation but acknowledged as:

        This research was carried out at the Translational Research Institute, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia. The Translational Research Institute is supported by a grant from the Australian Government.

        ARC’s position on preprints

        The ARC has issued a communique regarding an adjustment to ARC’s policy position on inclusion of preprints for future National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) applications.

        Regional Professional Development workshop – Enhancing the professional practise of teachers engaging students in STEM

        The SPARQ-ed team will deliver a unique regional Professional Development workshop on Bacterial Transformation for teachers and science technicians from the Darling Downs South West region on 27 October at Dalby State High School. Participants will transform bacterial cells with pGLO plasmid using simple biotechnology techniques. The workshop relates to Year 10 Science, Year 11 and Year 12 Biology, and can also be used as an extension activity for STEM specialist groups/classes.

        Call for abstracts 

        The 2021 National Human Research Ethics Conference will run virtually from 1–3 December and is free to attend. If you would like to submit an abstract for a talk see the “News and updates” section on the conference website. The deadline for submission is 30 September and registrations close on 30 November.

        UQDIPs join us at the UQDI Parent meeting

        As an initiative from UQDI Equity, Dvirsity and Inclusion, UQDI parents (and future parents) are meeting once a month on Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am after the UQDI Seminar Series. It is a fun meeting, where we share our moments of joy and struggles, and get advice from each other. We also exchange pre-loved books, toys, clothes. Please opt in by emailing

        Tax Information for Next Financial Year

        There will be 27 pay periods in the 2021/2022 financial year instead of the usual 26 pay fortnights. As the Australian Taxation Office calculate the tax withheld amounts based on a 26 pay period financial year, this may result in an insufficient amount of tax being withheld from your pay. If you wish to nominate extra tax withholding, please complete the Additional Tax Withholding Form and email it to

        How to find grant and funding opportunities

        Inform the UQDI RDO’s and RMD ’s if you intend to apply for any funding opportunities

        UQR&I Research Office provides a variety of resources to help find potential funding opportunities.

        • UQR&I Research Bulletin – a fortnightly newsletter with upcoming funding opportunities. Subscribe here.
        • UQR&I Funding Database – a searchable UQ funding database linked to the Research Bulletin or here.
        • UQ R&I Mailer circulates important funding information. Subscribe here.
        • Other databases and sources of funding
          1. GrantConnect-  Australian Government grant and tender opportunities
          2. find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from US Federal granting agencies.
          3. Research Professional database provides a searchable list listings of funding opportunities and sponsors

        The Faculty of Medicine also provides a weekly Research Alert newsletter and website advertising funding opportunities. Subscribe here.

        View archived announcements from UQDI